Paul started playing at age 10 on the south side of Chicago. He wanted to play the trumpet but his father managed to scrape up $35 for his first accordion. He entered all of the usual neighborhood competitions and finished first place for four consecutive years in his age class at the Illinois State Fair. At age 14, he and Johnnie Faren (a Chicago percussionist) became “Stix and Fingers” doing shows all around Chicagoland and northern Indiana (some with deceased member Ted Grayson) and the famous local, “Bobbi Lane.” They enjoyed doing three shows a week every Saturday night at the Saber Room in Hickory Hills (for $10 a night—cash) and being on the bill at the Palmer House with Jerry Murad’s “Harmonicats.” Paul started studying with Leon Sash at the age of 15. He joined the Chicago Federation of Musician’s at age 16 in 1965. Leon promoted him all over Chicago. For the next 35 years, he jobbed (as a solo, in small groups and orchestras) all over Metro Chicago with the radio and TV staff musicians of WGN (Bozo Circus) and WBBM. He has worked with Max Mariash (Art Van Damme), Dave Faden and Rusty Jones (George Shearing) and other excellent local players in almost any venue you could name (and some you would want to forget). He has been a sideman on numerous recordings, appeared on TV, and worked concert dates with Bobbi Vinton. Approximately 1980, he began playing piano, singing and entertaining.

Following Leon’s advice to stay in school, he has been a lawyer for 27 years.

In 2005, he moved to Phoenix and has been at the Arizona Accordion Club where he plans to live “happily ever after.” He will always live to play and play to live.
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